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Travel Cups, Mugs and Koozies Buyer’s Guide

July 29, 2015

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  • Peter Reese

What you drink is one matter.  How you drink it is another. When it comes to bringing along beverages on outdoor adventures, these are a few of Active Junky’s favorite cups, mugs and hi-tech koozies.

GoVino Wine/Cocktail Glass: Bumps minus the spills

GoVino Wine/Cocktail Glass

The ergonomic thumb notch in the GoVino series is a worthwhile innovation.  Testers, in the spirit of the mixed-used shatterproof glasses, enjoyed both Colorado microbrews and regional whiskies from the clear, BPA-free GoVino.  A flexible rim took some adaptation as it felt breakable and spillable at first; no worries, though, as multiple trips have failed to mark the glass. Offered in four-packs, go with this reusable, recyclable glass for group gatherings.

Best For: Patios, picnics and packing

GSI Nesting Red Wine Glass: Fold your Franc

GSI Nesting Red Wine Glass

With the stem tucked inside, this 15oz Active Junky favorite survives any type of travel.  Snap the base on when it’s time to toast, seamlessly assembling the glass by screwing the bowl on to flow.  Another GSI moment-maker, Nesting defies glass options with heavy-duty copolyester hefty enough to handle full pours. Cabernet Franc is a favored red in our GSI goblet as Colorado wineries seek a place at the table – and summit.

Best For: Everyday casual use, notable adventure achievements

AVEX Brew: Macro for the microbrews

Testers at Active Junky take AVEX’s no-spill travel mugs on the road daily.  The after-hours 20oz Brew should come with a leash—everyone will hope you’ll forget it on table or tree stump.  Rounded rim, beefy 18/8 stainless steel, slip-on grip ring, integrated bottle opener and pebbled exterior elevate a commodity to apex status.  Sipping spirits instead of suds? Look to the 13oz Sundowner.

Best For: Foamy, hoppy ambrosia

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Yeti Rambler Colster: Can-do attitude

Yeti Rambler Colster

Leave your koozie at the frat house as Yeti takes on beer-can coolers.  Thanks to double-walled insulation, the Colster is capable of remaining cool in any scenario.  Another 18/8 stainless offering, Yeti’s outdoor acumen moves from portable coolers to potable protection with a ThermoLock Gasket to seal in cold until all has been enjoyed.  Relish the results of backcountry-born thinking with this investment-grade guardian.

Best For: Amazing those who suffer warm suds

EcoVessel Double-Barrel Mug: Begin with beer

EcoVessel Double-Barrel Mug

Start with Stella and wrap-up with a favorite dark roast coffee in a single mug.  Active Junky sees this one swinging and singing at Oktoberfest and sitting at the center of contemplative streamside moments.  Capable of hot and cold, the mug’s handle fits the biggest, gloved hands.  Shedding plastic liners and BPA, EcoVessel rolls two layers of #304 stainless into a container that speaks of elevated efforts.  Buy several, gifting and awarding them to friends who achieve the heights in their outdoor endeavors.

Best For: Recognizing life’s joys in the company of friends

REI Doppio Stainless Steel Tumbler: Sublime summit toasts

REI Doppio Stainless-Steel Tumbler

Every ounce isn't equal. From the pure horsepower of a morning espresso to a favored vintage during alpenglow, REI totes what matters.  Double-wall stainless steel means legitimate temperature maintenance with a cupholder-compatible size.  Active Junky favors this one when it's not about gulping but rather about savoring.  Note that the lid is not spill-proof so keep your enthusiasm under control.

Best For: Commutes and conquests, asphalt to Aspen

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